Wreath laying ceremony to be conducted Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in King, Wis.
Amherst, Wisconsin – (December 14, 2016) – H.O. Wolding will be delivering wreaths to cemeteries as a volunteer participant in supporting the Wreaths Across America initiative, which each year honors the nation’s deceased veterans by placing wreaths on their graves.
A short, regional and long haul trucking firm based in Amherst, H.O. Wolding will be donating its time, a truck, a trailer and fuel in transporting the wreaths from Columbia Falls, Maine, to Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee and to the Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in King, Wis. At each of the two cemeteries, the wreaths will be placed by volunteers on veterans’ graves.
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that coordinates the services of volunteer trucking companies and other volunteers and that raises funds to support the laying of wreaths on veteran’s graves at more than 1,100 locations. The largest coverage of wreaths is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., where the organization first met its goal in 2014 to lay a wreath on every single headstone in the cemetery.
The laying of wreaths at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, in coordination with similar wreath laying ceremonies at other locations across the country. More information is available by contacting Raymond McSherry, location coordinator, at 715-572-4922.
This is the second time in the past three years that H.O. Wolding has volunteered as a participant in Wreaths Across America.
The H.O. Wolding truck will be driven by Ricky Shatraw, a driver with the company and a decorated veteran with more than 20 years of service with the U.S. Army, most of which was spent as a medical specialist and non-commissioned officer. Shatraw’s honors include receiving an Army Commendation Medal and an Army Achievement Medal.
According to Marc Wolding, director of operations for H.O. Wolding, the company is eagerly looking forward to participating in the program again.
“We were fortunate enough to be one of the carriers that hauled wreaths to Arlington two years ago, and now we’re equally excited to have the chance to deliver wreaths to two Wisconsin cemeteries in honoring our country’s deceased veterans,” Wolding said.
Last year, 168 companies delivered more than 300 loads of wreaths to locations across the U.S., and a total of approximately 901,000 wreaths were placed on veterans’ graves.
About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 2007 as an extension of The Arlington Wreath Project, and it has more than 1,100 participating locations in all 50 states with 24 national veteran cemeteries on foreign soil.
WAA was established through the efforts of Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, who in 1992 donated a surplus of wreaths at the end of the holiday season to the Arlington National Cemetery to be placed on the graves of deceased veterans. Over the years, the placing of wreaths on veteran’s headstones has grown into a national tradition and resulted in the founding of WAA. Today the placing of wreaths is done annually on the second or third Saturday of December each year, and the WAA has emerged as a national organization focused on the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
More information is available at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
About H.O. Wolding
H.O. Wolding has been in business for more than 75 years and employs more than 400 workers. The company serves customers over the 48 contiguous states and maintains a growing fleet of more than 350 tractors and 1,100 trailers.
More information is available at http://www.howolding.com